Sunday, 24 June 2018

May-June Book Haul!

Recently, Facebook has been showing me adverts for books I might like on Amazon. This is fatal. As you'll see in my latest book haul post. Here's the books I've been buying lately...

Part Amazon, part Waterstone's book haul. I'd reserved I'll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara and so popped into Waterstone's to pick it up. Whilst standing at the tills, I inevitably bought three more books. I just can't help myself!

Friday, 22 June 2018

Book Review: milk and honey by Rupi Kaur

Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.


Wednesday, 20 June 2018

15 Self-Care Ideas

Self-care is getting a lot of stick at the moment, but it really is an essential tool to help us get through both the good and the bad days. Self-care isn't just about looking after ourselves when we're feeling down, or worried, anxious or low. It's also about taking a little time out everyday just for us. We spend the majority of our day doing things for other people - working, cleaning, cooking etc - that we can easily forget about ourselves. Don't! Set aside 10-30 minutes a day, depending on how much free time you have, and indulge in one, or a few, of these self-care ideas...

Monday, 18 June 2018

Haul Post!

Seriously, somebody needs to take away my credit card. I've been buying way too much recently. I didn't realise quite how much until I sat down to edit the photos for this post! We all know I'm not going to stop anytime soon, though, even if one of my June goals is to stick to a budget (I think we all know how that goal's going to go!) Anyway, here's what I've been buying lately...

I spotted these unicorn tea towels in Asda and couldn't resist. I also needed (yes, needed) a new notebook, and this butterfly notebook was super cute and super cheap.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

5 Ways To Make Each Day A Positive One!

I have suffered from depression and anxiety for a long, long, long, long time. And I'm very aware that some days are better than others. And some days, even being positive isn't enough to break you out of that slump you woke up to find yourself in. That black cloud isn't always easily shifted. But there are some really easy ways you can make each day a positive one, even if you do feel paralysed by depression. 

Friday, 15 June 2018

Book Review: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy's counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other's trust, and come to see that what they've been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.


Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Tea Time* || With Adagio Teas

If you're a long-time reader of this blog, you'll know I am a little bit a lot obsessed with tea. So when Adagio Teas* got in touch with me to ask if I'd like to review some of their teas on my blog? Of course the answer was yes! 

The lovely PR contact at Adagio Teas asked me to send her over a list of some of the teas I fancied from their website. She then carefully picked out a varied selection of loose leaf and bagged tea, and sent them over to me. She also, thoughtfully, included paper tea filters (loose leaf tea is a totally foreign concept to me!) and a glass mug and infuser. Which has made my tea drinking experience even better!
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